Sportsmetrics / Tennis



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Sportsmetrics Tennis is a program that combines neuromuscular retraining techniques and sport-specific enhancement tasks to improve player skill and aerobic fitness, and decrease the risk of injury to the lower extremity. The program was designed by:

Alex Hermeto
A USPTA certified professional at Cypress Lake Country Club of Fort Myers, FL and Sue Barber-Westin, Director of Clinical Research at the Cincinnati SportsMedicine Research and Education Foundation.

Dr. Frank Noyes
President of the Foundation, served as the orthopeadic and research consultant.

It is the first program that uses components of a proven knee injury prevention program, Sportsmetrics, along with strength, conditioning, and agility exercises designed specifically for competitive tennis players. Sportsmetrics Tennis is a 6-week program that targets 5 components: dynamic warmup; jump/plyometric drills; strength training; tennis agility, skill, and endurance training; and flexibility exercises. It is designed to be conducted during a time period in which competitive players are not peaking for important tournaments or school competition. Training is conducted 3 days a week in approximately 1½ hour sessions and can be done entirely on the court.

The neuromuscular retraining techniques incorporated into Sportsmetrics Tennis are designed to re-program the body and mind to act together to improve dynamic balance, or how the player moves and positions the body before, during, and after making contact with the ball. Because certain body positions may be harmful in terms of increasing the risk of injury, exercises have been developed that successfully change how the player jumps, lands, runs, cuts, and responds to certain tasks. The elements of the traditional Sportsmetrics program that are incorporated into Sportsmetrics Tennis have been scientifically proven to increase the strength of the quadriceps and hamstrings muscles, reduce harmful ground reaction forces, increase knee flexion angles and improve overall body position on landing. The enhancement of overall body strength, improvement in stroke technique, increase in aerobic fitness, and gains in flexibility are also important aspects of injury prevention.

Sportsmetrics™ Tennis can be instructed by a certified Sportsmetrics™ instructor in a group or one-on-one.  It can also be done using the Sportsmetrics™ Tennis Instructional Video and Manual.

The Sportsmetrics™ Tennis Instructional DVD and Manual are available for $55 on our website.

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Dynamic Warm-up
Plyometric/Jump Training
Strength Training
Agility, Skill, and Endurance Training